07-18-2012

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SLEEPING RESIDENTS ESCAPE HIGHLAND HOUSE FIRE

Highland and Pierron Firefighters responded to the scene of a fire at Main and Cypress, two blocks east of Downtown Highland, early Tuesday morning.  Highland Fire Chief Rick Bloemker said an employee of St. Joseph’s Hospital saw the smoke and went to investigate.  The witness was able to wake the sleeping residents and they were all able to evacuate without any injury.  Several downtown streets were closed as the home was fully evolved.  Chief Bloemker said the damage was extensive. The back side of the house was severely burned and there was substantial smoke and water damage overall.  At this time, the exact cause of the fire is unknown.  The Highland Fire Department is still investigating.


DECK FIRE AT HOUSE IN RURAL PITTSBURG

Mulberry Grove and Keyesport Firefighters responded Tuesday, at 5:20 p.m., to a report of a house fire in Fayette County.  According to Fire Chief Dwight Volkmar, the fire was a deck attached to the residence on the Pittsburg Road, southeast of Mulberry Grove and west of Pittsburg, in Fayette County but still in the Mulberry Grove Fire District.  The cause of the fire is unknown and damage was confined to the deck.  Firefighters checked the house but it was not damaged.  Damage is estimated at $3,000.00.  No injuries were reported and they were on the scene about an hour.


MULBERRY GROVE SCHOOL BOARD HEARS STATE FUNDING CUTS

New teachers for the 2012-2013 school year were introduced at a “Meet & Greet” before the Monday Mulberry Grove Board of Education meeting. 

During the regular meeting, Superintendent Mike Gauch presented the treasurer’s report.  The district received a $50,000.00 maintenance grant to be matched by the district.  Current total cash and investments on hand as of June 30 are as good as or better than totals of the past three years.  Gauch said the district is currently doing okay but he expects limited state funding this year.  The Governor recently reduced general state aid for K-12 districts by 11%, which means the district will tentatively be receiving 89% of previous year funding.  This reduction in funding represents $180,000.00 for Mulberry Grove Unit 1 District.  Transportation funding levels are not yet known. 

The board approved bread and milk bids for the 2012-2013 school year.  Schools must serve whole grain bread this year which is an increase of ten cents per loaf.  Bread will cost $1.32 per loaf, white milk will be 23.7 cents and chocolate milk 26 cents per half pint. 

Superintendent Gauch and Principals Hartlieb and Bauer are currently taking training to qualify them for doing administrative and teacher evaluations.

The next meeting is Monday, August 20 with a tentative budget proposal at 6:45 p.m. and the regular meeting at 7:00.

 

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BERGEN ACTING PRESIDENT AT GREENVILLE COLLEGE

July 1 marked a new chapter in leadership at Greenville College as Dr. Randy Bergen assumed the role of acting president. Bergen fills a void left by the recent departure of former president, Dr. Larry Linamen, who accepted a position at California Baptist University in June. Bergen brings a wealth of experience in higher education administration to the position. Bergen graduated from Greenville College in 1984 and went on to earn a doctorate and work at the collegiate level before returning to Greenville College in 2001 to teach and serve as dean of instruction. Most recently he served as provost, overseeing many aspects of the college. Bergen told an audience of alumni he is excited about the opportunity and looking forward to an exciting year.


GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY 29TH BOOK FAIR

The 29th annual Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair is July 19-21 in the First Christian Church Family Life Center.  The book fair will be open Thursday, July 19, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., Friday, July 20, from 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. From 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, there is an “early bird” admission fee of $8.00.  After 5:30, adults and children over 12 will be charged $4.00.  There is no fee Friday and Saturday.  There will be more than 30,000 items for purchase in 55 categories.  All children age 12 and under receive a coupon for two free children’s books and close-out specials will be available Saturday.  All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase medical equipment for Greenville Regional Hospital.

 

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OBITUARIES

Annetta Kuhl-Middleton 

Annetta Kuhl-Middleton, age 52, of Coffeen, passed away Saturday, July 14 at her residence.  Funeral services will be Friday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Toberman-Dean Funeral Home in Coffeen.  Burial will be in Albers Cemetery.  Friends may call Thursday, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Montgomery County Cancer Association, Hillsboro Sports Association, or to PAWS CARE.

Clifford Becker

Clifford Becker, age 87, of Marine, passed away Sunday, July 15 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Church of Christ in Marine.  Burial will be in Marine Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland and Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church.  Memorials are suggested to the Marine UCC or to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

 


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